Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs Split Squad Day – 03/17/12

Spring Training Game Fifteen: Cubs (SS) (6-8) vs. A’s (SS) (11-3)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: 720 WGN
Location – Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix

Paul Maholm (0-0, 4.50/1.00) vs. Travis Schlichting (1-0, 2.84/0.63)

Spring Training Game Sixteen: Cubs (SS) (6-8) vs. Rangers (SS) (3-9)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Rangers.com/MLB Network (Delay) – Radio: Rangers.com
Location – Cashman Field, Las Vegas

Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 3.00/0.50) vs. Derek Holland (1-0, 3.60/1.20)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of the Irishmen at the CCO …

The Cubs have two chances today to end their four-game spring losing streak (four losses in three days) and play the first of back-to-back split squad games this afternoon. Dale Sveum will call the shots with half of his roster in Las Vegas against the Rangers and Jamie Quirk will make the decisions in Phoenix against the Athletics.

For the eighth spring in a row (2005), the Cubs will participate in ‘Big League Weekend‘ at Cashman Field. This year the Cubs play a Rangers split squad team for two games, the other half of Texas’ roster plays Arizona in Surprise today and will travel to Maryvale for a Sunday afternoon game against the Brewers.

Jeff Samardzija gets the start against Derek Holland today in Vegas and Chris Volstad will face Matt Harrison on Sunday.

For the first time since 2005, WGN TV or Comcast SportsNet will not televise either game in Vegas. Len Kasper and Keith Moreland will call the game in Phoenix while the games in Vegas can be seen on Rangers.com … or delayed on MLB Network.

On the injury frontBlake DeWitt, Ian Stewart and Darwin Barney are listed as day-to-day with minor injuries. X-rays on DeWitt’s right hand came back negative.

Today’s exhibition games start with Paul Maholm and Jeff Samardzija

Cubs vs. Athletics – Phoenix Municipal Stadium
Paul Maholm makes his second start of the spring this afternoon against the A’s. Maholm made it through his first outing with better results than he actually pitched. Maholm fell behind early and often but seemed to make a pitch when he needed to against the Reds. Maholm allowed a run on two hits without a walk and one strikeout in two innings.

With Travis Wood’s struggles so far this spring, Paul Maholm may end up being the lone lefty in the rotation when the season begins. Maholm should go at least three innings this afternoon.

Marcos Mateo is on the pitching schedule in Phoenix.

Travis Schlichting will make his first start of the spring today. Schlichting has pitched in three games so far and actually faced the Cubs in the Cactus League opener. Schlichting gave up a run on a hit with a walk and a strikeout in two innings.

Schlichting received a non-roster invite to A’s camp and is pitching to make Oakland’s Opening Day roster.

The 28-year old right-hander has allowed two runs on three hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

Cubs vs. Rangers – Cashman Field
After a tremendous first start against the Royals in Surprise on March 7, Jeff Samardzija struggled in the first inning of his last outing and allowed two runs on two hits before tossing two innings of shutout ball.

Samardzija has allowed two runs on three hits in two games, one start this spring … but more importantly, Samardzija has not issued a walk while striking out six and hitting a batter in six innings of work.

James Russell, Trever Miller and Scott Maine are on the pitching schedule in Las Vegas.

Derek Holland figures to take the ball for the Rangers on Opening Day with the departure of C.J. Wilson. ‘The Dutch Oven‘ is coming off a breakout season and makes his third start of the spring this afternoon.

Holland has allowed two runs on six hits without a walk and five strikeouts in five innings so far in the Cactus League.

The Cubs Bunt Tournament
For those that missed it, the Cubs bunting tournament ended Friday with David DeJesus beating out Casey Coleman in the finals. Coleman topped Paul Maholm to win the pitcher’s bracket and DeJesus defeated Welington Castillo on the position players’ side.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Maholm gets A’s lineup in Phx with Cespedes, Manny hitting 3-4.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineups:

    Against the A’s:
    DeJesus – RD
    Byrd – DH
    Castro – SS
    Soto – C
    Baker – 2B
    B.Jackson – CF
    Rizzo – 1B
    Vitters – 3B
    Szczur – LF

    Maholm on the hill

    Against the Rangers:
    Johnson – LF
    Lake – SS
    DeWitt – 2B
    Soriano – DH
    LaHair – 1B
    Mather – 3B
    Clevenger – C
    Sappelt – CF
    Adduci – RF

    Samardzija on the hill

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      The first lineup posted for the Vegas game against the Rangers was actually Sunday’s lineup. Here is the correct lineup against the Rangers for Saturday:

      Johnson – LF
      DeWitt – 3B
      Soriano – LF
      Mather – CF
      LaHair – 1B
      Castillo – C
      Lake – SS
      Cardenas – 2B
      Samardzija – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jeff Samardzija went 1-2-3 in the first against
    the Rangers in Vegas. Samardzija was sharp, struck out Josh Hamilton swinging to
    end inning (1-2 pitch)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Vitters made a bad error. Opened up the inning for the A’s.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs Jeff Samardzija 1-2-3 in the third with two swinging
    strikeouts … 9 up, 9 down for Samardzija in Vegas
     

  • cubtex

    I am watching Shark pitch on Fox Southwest( Rangers station) and Shark looks great! He looks like he is really ready to take a spot in the rotation. Has been 95-96 with good command. Not one ball hit hard off him in 3 innings! Very encouraging!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

       Hamilton ripped that 2-2 pitch through the drawn in infield.

    • John_CC

       Thanks for the report, I wish I could watch him. I really hope he is stepping up and makes the rotation. The timing is perfect.  He is gonna struggle at times and this would be the season to just let him work through it.

      • cubtex

        I think the game is on the MLB channel tonight at 6pm. Russell getting hit hard in the 5th.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs Jeff Samardzija not as sharp second time through
    lineup. Allowed one run on three hits in the 4th to the Rangers.
     

    • John_CC

       What is it?  Is he losing control, velocity?  Or does he just not have enough on pitches?  If a guy has good velocity and is still locating, then it seems like that second time around problem is fixable.

      • cubtex

        He fell behind Andrus 3-0 to start inning. He got a base hit up the middle on a 3-1 pitch. Next hitter  Julio Borbon kind of blooped a hit in left on a hit and run and was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. Drawn in infield Josh Hamilton poked a single between 1st and 2nd. I wouldn’t say it was ripped….he didn’t catch it on the sweet spot of the bat but was well placed.

        • John_CC

           thanks

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

         He did not seem as aggressive. Fell behind early against Andrus. A little tentative in the fourth.

  • cubtex

    Soriano just drove one to dead center that was gone at most every mlb park. 430 to dead center with wind blowing in today in Vegas. Warning track fly ball today.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jeff Samardzija’s final line against the #Rangers: 1R,
    3H, 0BB, 3K, 4IP. Samardzija threw 3 perfect innings to start outing
     

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Paul Maholm’s final line against the A’s:
    3R, 0ER, 2H, 2BB, 3K in 3IP

  • cubtex

    Castillo just struck out the side! That kid needs to be apart of this team!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I think that was Frank Batista up from minor league camp.

      • cubtex

        Ok. The Ranger announcers said it was Castillo. Nice at bat by Soriano.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Agreed, he has looked a lot better this spring.

  • cubtex

    None of the 3 Cub lefthanded relievers look good today. James Russell got lit up in his inning, Maine was all over the place and Trever Miller is getting pounded.

    • Tony_Hall

      Solid single to right
      Bloop FC (Out 1)
      Floater over second, almost caught
      Flyout to LF (Out 2)
      Little dribbler for a single between P and 3B
      Ahead 0-2 – solid single to right – 2 runs score
      Strikeout (Out 3)

      Yes 2 runs scored, but not exactly lit up.  The floater over second almost was caught, and the little dribbler between 3B and P might have been an out with a better fielding 3B.  But only 2 solid hits and both singles.  

      • cubtex

        OK….maybe lit up is a slight exaggeration but they were getting very good swings against him and those 2 hits he gave up were both very solid hits. I know you think Russell is more than he is. I have seen this kid pitch a lot since he played for the Longhorns. He doesn’t have an out pitch against a righty! He is never going to be more than what he is now….a situational lefty. I’ll tell you what, the Cubs are in trouble with lefty relievers this year until Beliveau is ready. Maine and Gaub have good stuff but command issues and Trever Miller is auful.

        • Tony_Hall

          I think Russell can be a serviceable #2 lefty in a bullpen.  Once he was used properly last year, he was effective.  In no way do I see him as a guy who can be brought in the 8th inning and expected to get through the whole inning. 6th or 7th maybe.

          Just a couple of days ago, we were talking about how well the lefties were doing.  We are still 2 weeks away from needing to worry about the pitchers.

          • cubtex

            I am impressed with Beliveau.

          • Tony_Hall

            I am too.  But that also tells me they value the players development first.  As if it was about taking the best players only, he should make it.

            Watching game on MLB, Maine did look bad, even though he got out of it.  That’s baseball though, he gave up no runs and looked awful, Russell didn’t look bad, but gave up 2.

  • cubtex

    Wow! Trever Miller is not fooling anyone. Every ball crushed and just gave up a bomb to Osuna.

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’s awful, of course. Shouldn’t be on this roster, or any other ML roster, either. But Jethro…….

      • Tony_Hall

        You’ve been waiting all spring for him to give up a hit, so you could say how bad he is…

        • cubtex

          Tony, Seriously…Trever Miller is 38 and has zero value. Why is he even in camp?

          • Tony_Hall

            I agree with you, but he is here for insurance, if the young guys are not ready to fill the LH roles in then pen (which it is looking like they are not). Nothing more.  I actually thought Beliveau would last longer and even make the bullpen, but it is looking more and more like Miller could start the year in the pen.  He won’t be around all year.  I thought Gaub or Beliveau would make the team.

            And this was his first bad outing and Rip was right there to pounce on him. It is hard to believe it can be fun to follow a team, when all you are waiting for is players to fail, so that they can say how bad they are.  All players fail and have bad outings, even the All-Stars.

          • cubtex

            I would rather go with Russell and Maine over Miller. Maine is 27 and he had decent number last year in AAA. If he struggles they still have Gaub and Beliveau to bring up throughout the year.

          • Tony_Hall

            Just read that the feeling is Maine will be given every chance, since he is already on the 40 man and to make room for Miller they would have to release someone. 

            The 40 man roster, to me, will have people released when the 25 man roster is set, as some of the guys brought in, might not be needed if they didn’t make the 25 man.

  • cubtex

    Cardenas and Clevenger with back to back HR’s. Ball really carrying to left.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs (SS) lost 4-3 to A’s (SS) Saturday afternoon

     

    Paul Maholm: 3R, 0ER, 2H, 2BB, 3K, 3IP; Geovany Soto:
    2-for-2, HR, 2B, BB; Marlon Byrd: 2-for-4, RBI, BB
     

  • cubtex

    Casey “Wild Thing” Weathers in and hasn’t come close to a strike in his first 6 pitches. Finally throws a strike on his 7th.

    • cubtex

      Let’s give SD Weathers as compensation for Hoyer. This guy is brutal! Didn’t record an out in the 9th. 2 walks and a base hit!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Junior Lake with a SHOT to left center. That was a home run.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs (SS) lost 12-7 to Rangers (SS) Saturday afternoon

     

    Jeff Samardzija: 1R, 3H, 0BB, 3K, 4IP; Alfonso Soriano:
    1-for-3, RBI, Adrian Cardenas: 3-for-4, HR, 2B; Junior Lake: 1-for-4, HR; Steve
    Clevenger: 1-for-1, HR